Gabrielle Funk is a Winnipeg based visual artist, muralist and community art facilitator.
She works primarily in two dimensional format using combinations of ink and acrylics to render densely detailed characters imbedded in sparse, abstract environments. Gabrielle creates realist portraits that walk the line between the awkward and graceful, the familiar and foreign. Through her work she grapples with the complex subtleties of both human and animal nature, comparing, contrasting or combining the two. Her current series of paintings and drawings depict a range of compromised and revealing self portraits, representing various stages of personal exploration and her struggle as a woman to uncover a genuine sense of self despite the complex pressure of cultural and religious expectations placed upon her. She invites viewers into a world laced with quiet tension and subtle admission, seeking to find and represent the face of vulnerability and the essence of authenticity using subject matter and symbolism that is as hostile and wild as it is familiar.